Man is severely burned after falling in Yellowstone hot spring

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3  Updated at 2:33 pm, June 14th, 2017 By: Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
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A North Carolina man is in critical condition after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park Tuesday night. | Stock image by Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com.

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming — A North Carolina man was flown to the University of Utah Burn Center after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park late Tuesday night.

Gervais Dylan Gatete, 21, was with seven other people in the Lower Geyser Basin north of Old Faithful when he fell, according to a park news release.

The group attempted to transport Gatete, an employee with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, by car for medical treatment. Just before midnight, they flagged down a park ranger near Seven Mile Bridge on the West Entrance Road.

An ambulance was called and Gatete was rushed to the West Yellowstone Airport to be flown to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Officials spent Wednesday investigating exactly where and how Gatete fell into the hot spring. It’s unclear if he and his group were on or off marked trails.

His condition was listed as critical, as of Wednesday afternoon.

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“Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk in a news release. “We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety.”

This is the first serious injury in a thermal area at the park this year.

RELATED | BODY OF MAN WHO FELL INTO HOT SPRING WILL NOT BE RECOVERED

Last June, a man left the boardwalk and died after slipping into a hot spring in Norris Geyser Basin.

In August 2000, one person died and two people received severe burns from falling into a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin.

EastIdahoNews.com will update this story with additional information when we receive it.

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  • Brad

    We used to hot pot all the time in YNP when I worked up there. It’s probably still illegal, but you need to know where you’re going or this is what happens.

  • USMCM14

    Darwin Theory at work Tourist cooking themselves for fun and our entertainment !!!!

  • DLC

    Walking around hot springs at midnight – smart…